APD Const. Allan Young also served with Toronto Police Service and Royal Navy
It is with great sorrow that the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) announces flags are lowered in recognition of the passing of Const. Allan Young of the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) who died Tuesday of injuries sustained during a July 16 altercation while off-duty in Nelson.
Flags at all JIBC campuses are already at half-mast in memory of Doug Armour, Assistant Fire Chief of Maple Ridge Fire Department, and retired firefighter Dave Rivett, who both worked for JIBC’s Fire & Safety Division. The flags will now also remain lowered in honour of the life and service of Const. Allan Young.
Const. Young, 55, was born in Dumbarton, Scotland and joined the Royal Navy in 1982 at age 16, serving as a marine engineering mechanic until 1987. He then worked in various jobs in Scotland before moving to Toronto in 1997. He served with the Toronto Police Service from 2000 to 2004 before joining Abbotsford Police Department in 2004, working in patrol and the Drug Enforcement Unit.
Reports are that Const. Young was injured during a confrontation with a man who was causing a disturbance. Nelson Police arrested a 26-year-old man who remains in custody facing charges.
APD Chief Constable Mike Serr said, “Allan treated everyone with kindness and respect. He always had time for a laugh and a joke. Everyone that met Allan would walk away happier. Allan was never too busy for his friends and family and there was nothing he wouldn't do to help. Allan had a zest for life that was unparalleled with a dedication and passion for policing and the Abbotsford Police Department. He will be missed.”
He is survived by his wife, daughter, father, stepmother, sister and brother. While he did not attend JIBC as a police recruit, he did take advanced classes with the JIBC Police Academy.
“On behalf of everyone at JIBC, our deepest condolences go out to Const. Young’s family, friends and colleagues past and present at Abbotsford Police Department, Toronto Police Service and the Royal Navy,” said Vice-President Academic Colleen Vaughan. “His dedication and commitment to serving the community and keeping it safe will not be forgotten.”